excited about solving interesting problems.  If you can’t get excited about the power of a concept, it’s hard to get a student excited about the concept.  Today Cindy Rodgers was excited about solving a USAMO problem while working with her math team students.  I bet her students appreciate that.

Today I made the mistake of telling the [Grissom] students that today’s class wasn’t particularly important before we got started.  I’m not sure what I was thinking.  It’s not the most interesting material we’ll see all semester, but it’s not all that bad.  I guess I just wanted them to know that next week will be more interesting.  Still, it wasn’t a bad class — though I certainly taught better during the second of the two periods I teach.

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